iOS 7 – What Happened to the Search Screen?


For the last few versions of iOS, searching for something on your device was very easy — go the Home Screen and swipe left to right.  If you try that in iOS 7, you will find that nothing happens.  While I get the whole idea of redesigning the functionality for iOS 7, I also am a big believer in ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’   But ‘fixed’ it is.

So how do you invoke a search in iOS 7?    Most everything that I read on how to do it said to swipe down from the top of the screen.  All that ever did was bring up Notification Center.   Kind of frustrating.  Then I found the secret — swipe down anywhere EXCEPT from the  top of the screen.  A search box will appear at the top of screen with a keyboard appearing at the bottom.  Type in what you are looking for and the results will appear between the search box and the keyboard.

1 thought on “iOS 7 – What Happened to the Search Screen?”

  1. Thank you, this was driving me crazy. I had read, just as you stated above, to get to Search you now swipe down from the Top of the screen, and of course all it got was my notifications . Sometime I would be lucky and get the Search window but not very often. After reading you hint I no longer have any problem bringing up the Search window and I use it a lot. Again Thank You!

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